Sports heroes on the blocks for Sutton Games

We’re thrilled to confirm that next weekend’s Sutton Coldfield Community Games will feature guest appearances from a quintet of Olympic and Commonwealth athletes!

Paralympic and World silver medallist Jonathan Broom-Edwards will be returning to Wyndley for the third time. The world number two Paralympic high jumper will be hosting a high jump masterclass as well as giving visitors a chance to see his Rio 2016 medal.

Local Team GB gymnast Hamish Carter will also be present for the whole weekend and will once again be wowing the crowds with his gymnastic skills and strength. In April, the former Bishop Vesey pupil returned from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games with a bronze medal and is now in preparing to compete for a place at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Hamish JBE Rio 3

Long distance runner Laura Whittle will also be back and will be encouraging visitors to join in the 400m run that takes place every hour. Laura represented Team GB at the Olympic Games in Rio, and competed in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She has been a member of Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletics Club since she was 11 years old.

Sutton Coldfield-based blind athlete Darren Harris will also be returning for a third time. Darren – who has played football for England on 125 occasions as well as competing in two sports at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games – will again be hosting blindfold football sessions. And four-time Olympian Jane Sixsmith MBE will return for a sixth time to give hockey taster sessions.

Sutton Games founder Dennis Kennedy comments: “We’re very lucky to have the enthusiastic support of these five world-class athletes. Each gives their time free of charge to be our Games Ambassadors and I know that their presence over the weekend brings a magical touch to the proceedings. Last year, Hamish’s handstands on the roof of Wyndley created a fabulous memory for everyone present, while Jonathan’s high jump masterclasses have proved to be one of our most popular activities. I’m thrilled all five will be with us again next weekend.”